Preds dry out the Oil for 11th straight time, Beat Edmonton 2-1
by Jackson Walsh
The Nashville Predators played a scrappy, determined game Tuesday night, and came up strong with two points after defeating the Oilers 2-1, their notable 11th straight victory against the West Canada club.
This nationally televised affair was not at all short on notable highlights. Craig Smith opened up the scoring for Nashville 8:26 in the first period off a hard rebound past Cam Talbot for a power play goal to put the Predators up 1-0.
After a couple of terrific saves from Pekka Rinne, Viktor Arvidsson at 15:31 into the first period tapped a lose puck off another hard rebound to make the score 2-0. Just the type of fast flurry the Preds love to have on their home ice, making the Oilers feel more of their 2017-18 woes.
That was, until Edmonton’s “Golden Boy” Connor McDavid scored 45 seconds into the second period off an indirect pass through the five hole of Rinne to cut the deficit to 2-1. Now what every Nashville fan fears, the 40 minute toe drag of sitting on a one goal lead, especially against a team looking for any spark to get hot (or should I say strike oil, do we have enough oil puns?).
It seemed to work well for the Preds until it appeared the Oilers tied the game 14:56 into the third period off the stick of Mark Letestu who had just come out of the penalty box. However, the goal was waved off due to a skate offsides, giving the Preds a sigh of relief. This following a spectacular save by Pekka Rinne on yet another McDavid breakaway and a late stab at the net with the extra attacker.
The Predators are gonna need this week’s vacation after this narrow win on home ice. Edmonton threw everything they had into this game, and still came up empty. One has to ask, does this signal an upswing in Nashville’s play or does it prove how weak Edmonton is this season? Or both? Discuss!